Copper is found primarily in the skeleton and muscles of the body.Copper is an essential trace mineral provided by meats, seafood, nuts, seeds, wheat bran cereals, grain products, and cocoa products. Copper is mainly absorbed by the small intestine. Copper demonstrates some antioxidant ability along with important function during the metabolization of metalloenzymes. Copper is important for the growth and development of the red and white blood cells, bone strength, brain and immune development, and more.
Copper should not be taken with penicillamine or ethambutol as there is a decrease in the absorption and effectiveness of each substance. Iron, vitamin C, and zinc will also reduce the effectiveness of copper within the body and it is not recommended that the supplements be taken at the same time.
Copper, when taken in large amounts, may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and epigastric pain. Please read labels carefully and take the recommended dosage.
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